Event List and Info
Our Western Design Expo inside the Renaissance Hotel will showcase Western artists of all styles.
We have added a wing for Western artists (see map) with plenty of space for 30 or more, and will showcase painters, sculptors and mixed media artists.
Call 800-664-5617 for information on joining us.
Here are some of the esteemed artists that will be appearing:
Amado Pena, Katie West, Bob Burkhart Bronze, Richard Herd, Paul Shardlow, Blue Sky Paintings, Renee Rushing, Robert Krogle, David Friend, John Peterson/Eohippus, Cali Roberson, Madduck Photography, Cristina Acosta, Joe Eggert, Greg Akin, Keith Batcheller, Dan & Jackie Hare, Tamara Gooch, Jess Lee, Carol Heiman-Greene and many more...
(All appearances subject to change)
A true love affair with the West best describes artist Rob Word's work as a painter, photographer and producer. His work reflects his passion! Word's paintings of frontier buckaroos, silver screen cowboys and plein-air southwestern landscapes emanate from an early exposure to all things western. His youth was spent reading stories, screening films and travelling throughout the West.
Word has been featured in Cowboys and Indians, TV Guide, Persimmon Hill, American Cowboy, Arizona Highways, Los Angeles Magazine, Classic Images, TV Westerns and Tampa Bay Magazine. Word's paintings, drawings and photographs are in the permanent collections of collectors across the country. His portrait of Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger can be seen and purchased on the Official Lone Ranger website. His paintings have been showcased in the documentary "Cowboy Heart" and on Encore's Westerns Channel, where one of his movies, "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone," screens.
As one of the founding fathers and producer of the prestigious Golden Boot Awards, Rob's love of the West is a passion that cannot be contained! His Western credits include: writing and producing the top rated CBS movie, Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone; hosting and producing Western Round-Up starring Roy Rogers for PBS; overseeing the marketing of the landmark mini-series Lonesome Dove, producing 13 half-hours of Young Duke: The Series, Executive Producing Roy Rogers: An American Hero for A&E's "Biography" and writing and directing the western short, The Tracker, Official Selection of the 2010 Lone Pine Film Festival.
While serving as Executive Vice President at Insight Films, Word developed and executive produced Painkiller Jane, based on the popular comic, for the SyFy Channel. As Vice President Programming for the PAX Network, Rob oversaw dozens of prime time series including the swashbuckling advernture series Young Blades starring Bruce Boxleitner. For Columbia Pictures, Rob wrote a comedy script, Citizen Curly, and developed and produced 65 half-hour episodes of the cartoon series Totally Tooned In, for Columbia TriStar International Television. For Universal Television, he wrote, produced and directed the successful pilot presentations for Hercules, Bandit, TekWar, Midnight Run and Dragon, which launched the popular weekly first-run series, The Action Pack Network, including the Hercules and Xena series. He created and produced the TV series Bad Sci-Fi for Nelvana and 26 90-minute episodes of The Laurel and Hardy Show for The Comedy Channel. Other TV movie producing credits include: Attack of the Killer B Movies featuring Elvira for NBC, The Adventures of William Tell, starring Robert Forster, for the Family Channel, Robin Hood: The Movie and Quest for the Crown for the Disney Channel and Bush Doctor, Peking Encounter, Secret of the Black Dragon, and the Emmy nominated TV movie special, An Ozzie and Harriet Christmas.
In addition to the annual Golden Boot Awards, Rob has produced numerous live events including, Memories of LONESOME DOVE with Robert Duvall for the MET, Memorial Tribute to Clayton Moore at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Western Memories a musical evening with Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Amy Madigan, Wilford Brimley and The Sons of the San Joaquin, among others. He has been honored for his contributions to films with a Golden Boot Award, a plaque at the Lone Pine Film Festival, and hosted or been a panelist for western and non-western Film Festivals throughout the country. Word is also a member of The Hole in the Wall Gang, rode for several years in the Ben Johnson Charity Rodeos and competes in Celebrity Mounted Shooting.
It was on a visit to Sante Fe, New Mexico, in the 1960's that he discovered the startling colors of the turn-of-the-century impressionist painters known as the Taos Society of Artists. Their work, especially that of E. Martin Hennings, Buck Dunton and Ernest L. Blumenshein, was a revelation to Rob then, and an inspiration now, as he continues on his quest to capture the beauty of the outdoors on canvas and film.
Rob Word at the Towns/Burr Gallery in Burbank for his Art Show 2010
Rodney Allison is owner and Master Hatter at North Valley Hat Company.
His contribution to the hat industry is education and construction of quality hats. "I keep asking the suppliers of raw materials to furnish hatters with high quality goods, such as fur felt hat bodies, high quality leathers, gross grain ribbon, etc.
In an industry where I have seen quality drop and prices rise, I truly feel that higher prices should reflect a higher quality.
I keep it straight, (50 percent beaver, 100 percent beaver) explain to consumers what my hats are made of, and I explain what a high quality hat is about. I also provide hatters with tips and instructions on high quality hats.
My hope is that the hat industry grows by way of smaller hatters. I would like to see hatters step back in time and make higher quality headwear. When people see my hats they get inspired to make a higher quality product."
Katie West, patriot, artist, author... loves America. She was born an artist and a cowgirl with the love of the old west. It shows in all she does. She has shown her artwork and has collectors across America, including her patriotic artwork that was in the White House. Her paintings most often show her patriotism. Being involved in the movie industry, most people Katie paints are dear friends... and her favorite role models, including Ernie Borgnine, Roy Rogers, Hoppy, The Lone Ranger, Ben Cooper, Jon Locke, Tom Selleck... parents of Lane Frost. and others. Katie lives on her ranch in Southern California with her horses and collie dogs. She has been known for her oil paintings, but is also known as one of the finest pen and ink artists in America with Katie's own process, "Petrigraphy". It is fine line engraving in granite and glass. She also does granite engraved monuments and walls for police, sheriff and fire departments. Her main topics are western TV legends, horses, western themes, patriotic... but also all kinds of animals, whales and dolphins, hope and inspiration showing "Love Of God & Country."
In New York City, Richard Herd studied with Hilda Terry d'Alessio at the Art Students League, Minerva Durham at the Spring Street Studio, Carlos Castano at Crosby's Painting Studio, W. 10th Street Studio and with Dulcie Adams in Los Angeles. His paintings have been exhibited at No Ho Art Gallery, The Studio Gallery, Enfusion, stuART, North Hanger , Viva, Wild Heart and Left Coast Galleries.
His work is in private and corporate collections throughout America and Europe. He has appeared in the Academy Award nominated films: "All the President's Men", "The China Syndrome" and "The Onion Field" and is the recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Mr. Wilhelm in the award winning sitcom Seinfeld. Richard has appeared in hundreds of plays, films, and television shows during his long and distinguished career. Visit his website at: www.richardherd.com
A fifth generation Montanan whose great-great grandfather - Nelson Story – headed the first cattle drive from Texas to Montana, Bob Burkhart’s artwork is inspired by his life-long ranching background coupled with his experience in the rodeo arena, both as a participant and as a pro-official.
His sculptures stem from varied life experiences, which lend a unique authenticity to each individual piece. Although Bob’s bronzes range in subject matter, he specializes in genuine western and wildlife images, with his rodeo sculptures highly sought after. His sculptures have received many awards, some of which include a silver medal and a gold medal at the PRCAA International Art Show in Las Vegas; the Cattleman’s Award, Best of Show and Best Sculpture Award at the Omak Stampede.
Bob is a Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association Gold Card member and a Canadian Pro Rodeo Association member. In 1972, Bob was the Montana Amateur Rodeo Association Saddle Bronc champion.
Bob established his commercial foundry, Burkhart Bronze, 35 years ago in 1977. The foundry is located on the family ranch in a log building that his grandfather had built in the 1930’s. Bob casts his own sculptures as well as for several other artists.